Category: National

Victims of 2011 Christchurch quake mourned

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND – The New Zealand city of Christchurch came to a standstill Monday on the fifth anniversary of an earthquake that left 185 people dead, including 28 Japanese, amid anger about accountability and insurance delays. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel, Japanese Parliamentary Vice Foreign Minister Hitoshi Kikawada and

Lawmakers can’t break logjam over Japan’s unequal voting districts

One month after an expert panel proposed key electoral reforms to correct wide vote-value disparities between urban and less-populated areas, major political parties remain divided on the issue, Lower House Speaker Tadamori Oshima revealed Monday. After months of stalemate, the major parties tasked the third-party panel with hammering out reform proposals to correct perhaps the

SDF officers tussle with civil servants for bigger role in drafting next three-year operation plan

Senior Self-Defense Forces officers are demanding a bigger role in drafting the next overall operation plan, in what is viewed as a power struggle with civilian bureaucrats in the Defense Ministry, according to sources close to the matter. The bureaucrats have so far refused, out of concern that uniformed SDF personnel could further extend their